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Apps in a Snap: Thai Chicken Salad Bites

Take this lunchtime fave and whip it up in appetizer form. It's just satisfying enough to hold guests off until dinner is served, but a cinch to make.

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-Here's a great appetizer trick. Start with leftovers you already have in the fridge. I'll show you how to make a fresh and delicious party snacks using last night's roasted chicken. First, using your fingers shred about 2 cups worth of leftover chicken breast into bite size pieces. Next, in a medium bowl, make a Thai style dressing for your chicken salad. Combine 1/4 of cup vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, that's about 1/2 lime. 1 tablespoon store bought chili-garlic sauce and a teaspoon of sugar. Last but not the least, to give it a fresh peppery note, grate in about 1 teaspoon fresh ginger. That's it. Stir it all together. To finish the salad, add in your chicken. And for crunch and color, toss in 2 tablespoons top roasted peanuts and 2 tablespoons each chopped fresh mints and cilantro. Give it all one more toss. Instead of using chips or toast, use a cucumber. Slice one into 1/4 inch slices. Then top it with some of the chicken salads. And there you have it, an easy appetizer made from things you already had in the fridge. For more recipe tips and tricks, go to rachelraymag.com.